December 2018
Trapdoor spiders are seldom seen, because well, they're behind a "door." Scientists have made educated guesses at their lifespan until a curious and dedicated Australian woman, spent decades documenting the life of a single trapdoor spider simply known as "16". After 43 years, "16" was found dead, prey to a parasitic wasp and its offspring. The complete fascinating article is found here.
The wafer lid trapdoor spider can be found here at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary (pictured above) along with 39 other species of spiders in 12 arachnid families. Who knows, maybe this one is older than "16"..

first-time donors generously matched by the Barbara J Mapp Foundation

total funds raised (and matched) on #GivingTuesday

Guided Hike Day
December 8
(final hike departs at 11am)
Cost: $8pp
Holiday Basket Weaving
December 8
9:30am - 12pm
Workshop Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $15
** Only 3 Spots Available**
Christmas Bird Count
December 15
7:15am - 11:30am
Cost: FREE
Seed Swap & Native Plant Sale
December 15
10am - 12pm
Cost: $7pp or
$25/family of four
(includes 3 seed packets of your choosing/household at seed swap; advance registrants receive an add'l Roundstone Farm seed packet)
Winter Solstice
Owl Prowl
December 21
Cost: $20pp
Marshmallow Hikes
December 27 - 29
January 4 & 5
Cost: $10pp in advance
Brentwood Tree Board Seminar - What is the Emerald Ash Borer?
Tuesday, December 18
7:30am - 9:30am

The seminar goal is to train the public about what EAB is, the damage it will cause, how to identify it and to identify an ash; its economic impact to our community, and what to do to either save your trees or what to do if you can’t save your trees.

Please RSVP by December 3 to . Light breakfast will be served.
Two different options for your end of year giving plans:
  • Gifts of appreciated securities can be more tax efficient than giving cash. 
  • IRA account holders age 70.5 and older can donate up to $100,000 of their required minimum distributions directly to Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary and avoid having this amount treated as taxable income.

Call Susan or Mary Catherine at 615-370-4672 for more information.
Give a unique experience this holiday season with a birthday party OR private tour.

  • Available Tuesday - Saturday
  • Includes brief Sanctuary history, introductions to owls on exhibit and guided nature hike 
  • Animal Ambassador Meet 'n Greet session (15 minutes) add-on:
  • $30 each - Rock Pigeon, Corn Snake, Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle 
  • $45 - Owl
  • Tours starting after 4 pm - additional $50 after-hours fee

Come celebrate a birthday at Owl’s Hill!

We provide a guided hike, a craft project, a birthday child gift and a small party favor for each child. You provide any food, paper goods (cups, plates, utensils and napkins), and simple decorations (see Birthday Party Policies).
All Parties (except Pumpkin Party) Cost:
Tuesday-Thursday (Weekdays): $280
Friday - Saturday (Weekends): $350
Jane and N.A.C. Andrews
Teresa and David Barry
Gail Bell
Peggy and Todd Bender
W. David Broemel
Jean and David Buchanan
Margaret and Jim Cameron
Mary Crovo and Dewitt S. Clark
Dan C. Coleman
Dana Coleman
Kath Cowan
Jerry Crenshaw
Betsy and George Crossley
Tim Dalton
Linda and Michael Doochin
Susan and Ian Duvenhage
Julie Eperjesi
Judy Foster
Dr. Sharron Francis
Nancy and George Garden
Claudia and John Gifford
Kelly Gilfillan
Jan and Pete Giordano
Diane and Michael Gower
Rebecca Grim
Carol and Charles Hankla
Barbara and Gehrig Harris
Dr. Morel Enoch Harvey
Kevin Herrington
Joel Hitt
Linda Turpin and Richard Hitt
Margaret and Bill Howell
Nancy and Rea Huston
Kerrie and John T. Johnson
Robert Lankford
Lindsay Lawrence
Kelly and Ron Lee
Elizabeth and David Lemke
Lisa and Jay Levy
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Louder
Beverly Keel
Mary Marble
Brenda C. Martin
Lu and Mike Miller
Ms. Julieanne O'Hara
Janice Pollard
Darci Pool
Ms. Rachel Price
Victoria and Seth Robertson
Toni Rodgers
Jamie Phifer Schimenti
Prudence Sherrill
Rosanne Legas Sietens
Suzanne and Ed Silva
Barbara and Charles Smith
Dr. Margaret Smith
Winston Tucker
T & T Family Foundation
Margaret Wilburn
Williams-King Foundation
Bet Wise
Shawn and Dee Wolfe
Owl’s Hill relies on private gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses to annually carry out our mission to protect the 2,000+ species that call the 300+ acre Sanctuary home and to keep us operating as a thriving environmental education destination. Our sincere gratitude to all those who generously gave gifts in November.

If nature matters to you too, please consider making a gift today . Every gift — large or small — directly impacts the plants, the wildlife and the ecology of Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary.